Hummer H2 (2003-2009)Posted by Auto Perceptions on April 3, 2013 at 5:32 am.
Built under contract by AM General in the US, the Hummer H2 is an SUV and SUT that was marketed by General Motors under the Hummer brand.
The H2 has a light duty truck frame and a wider-than-average track firm that may offer stability against overturning compared to some of the more common light truck SUVs. It was marketed as both a general purpose vehicle and as an off-road vehicle. However, the H2 was primarily used as a passenger vehicle on typical roads.
During its production years, large tax deductions were available for self-employed people who purchased a vehicle for business use. The H2 and other truck-type vehicles weighing over 6000 pounds were eligible for this tax deduction. At a time when fuel was still at a manageable price and large vehicles were all the rage, this further fueled the desire to own massive SUVs.
Bigger was better, and the sheer size and rugged military persona of the H2 allowed it to dominate roadways. Now, every middle-class American could afford to play soldier in their white picket fence neighborhoods. Like its bigger brother, the H1, the H2 had a certain appeal that made its driver feel like they could crash through barricades and engage enemy militants in a firefight.
In reality, as with so many other vehicles of this type, the only barricades that were being crushed were the speed bumps in the parking lot of the local big box retailer.
The H2 flourished under these conditions, but several events led the H2 to go the way of the dinosaurs. Economic disaster in the US, dramatically rising gasolince costs, and reduction of the tax deduction caused sales of the H2 to plummet. As a result, Hummer was forced to discontinue its production, leading to the brand’s decline.
The era of huge SUVs is over, but many may argue that it was fun while it lasted!
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